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2017 Ram 1500 Rebel Long-Term Report 3 of 4

Third Report: More miles, More Things Learned

Ken Brubaker
Nov 14, 2017
Photographers: Ken Brubaker
Since the last long-term report, we’ve used our Ram 1500 Rebel for a variety of off-roading. We’ve pointed it onto a sandy beach and some two-track trails in South Carolina, down muddy farm roads in Illinois, and on some deep-sand forest roads in Florida. This is in addition to a significant amount of on-road driving, including a trip that took us across the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. During that nine-state trip, we towed a 6x12-foot cargo trailer with a gross weight of 3,600 pounds, a cargo bed full of gear, and an interior packed with stuff. You’ll notice that the average mpg of the Rebel is lower in this report because 12 of the 20 tanks of fuel used during this timeframe reflect towing and hauling. Continuing along the lines of the last report, the Ram 1500 Rebel has been completely trouble-free and incredibly reliable, capable, and comfortable. It hasn’t given us one iota of trouble, has demonstrated outstanding towing and hauling characteristics, and at the end of our long nine-state trip we hadn’t wearied of the ride and seating.
Lighting, both exterior and interior, is very important in any vehicle, but especially a pickup truck that is asked to do a number of jobs—jobs that are often not during daylight hours. The Rebel does not disappoint in this area. There are two lights inside each RamBox and they’re located at each end so contents are illuminated well at night. No fumbling around in the dark to find tools or gear. As a bonus, there is a yellow cancel switch for the lights in each RamBox, so if you want or need to leave the RamBox doors open when the lights aren’t needed, you can switch them off to eliminate electrical current draw. Bed lighting is comprised of a standard cab-mounted light supplemented by a pair of LED cargo bed lights (part of the Luxury Group). The LEDs are on each cargo bed wall near the tailgate, and the LED array is aimed forward to illuminate the cargo bed and its contents. Our truck also has the optional exterior mirrors with courtesy lamps, which light the area to each side of the front doors of the truck. We love how the truck shines like a beacon with light when we unlock the doors at night with the remote keyless entry. Everything important lights up, even the cargo bed lights, so we can simply place gear into the illuminated bed.
At the time of this writing our Rebel has over 16,000 miles on the odometer and its time with us is drawing to a close. With only a few weeks left for testing we’ll continue to tow, haul, and wheel the truck in an effort to gauge dependability, and functionality, among other things. Stay tuned for the fourth and final report.
Photo 2/7   |   Cargo-bed lighting includes a cab-mounted light and a pair of LED lights, which do a good job of throwing light where it needs to be.
Photo 3/7   |   During the last few weeks, we’ve had the Rebel on some South Carolina two-tracks (shown) as well as on the beach, in addition to muddy farm roads in Illinois and deep-sand roads in Florida. Through it all, the Rebel has been reliable and capable.

Report: 3 of 4

Previous Reports: Sept/Oct 2017, Jan/Feb 2018
Base Price: $47,095
Price as Tested: $54,210
Long-Term Numbers
Miles to date: 16,246
Miles since last report: 5,426
Average mpg (this report): 12.8 (mostly towing)
Best tank (mpg): 17.7 (highway @ 70 mph)
Worst tank (mpg): 9.9 (towing a 6x12 cargo trailer with 1,200 pounds of cargo into a headwind)
Test Maintenance
This period: None
Test Problem Areas
This period: None
Logbook Quotes
“After a 12-hour day of driving, the comfortable cab of the Rebel is still somewhere I want to be.”
“Love the exterior lighting on this truck!”
“Whoever designed the RamBox is a genius.”

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